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What causes boils on chin after shaving?

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Posted on Tue, 15 Jul 2014
Question: Hi, I have several red areas that I thought were pimples on my chin. Left side. Chin now swollen and painful. No whitehead truly visible.. but small pockets close together. Premenstrual. I did shave my chin a few days ago and do have a tendency to develop ingrown hairs. Very allergic to antibiotics.
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Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak (1 hour later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing to us.
I have seen the images attached and can think of two probable causes

Furuncle/boil- Bacterial infection of hair follicle. Shaving the area improperly or ingrown hair may lead to boils.

Cystic acne

In the pic surrounding area looks quite red and inflammed.
My suggestion would be
To do warm water compresses twice in a day. Avoid squeezing or manipulating the area.
Apply topical antibiotic like mupirocin or fusidic acid cream twice in a day.
If no response is seen in five to seven days, start a course of oral antibiotics that you are not allergic to. I prescribe amoxycillin clavulinic acid, cephalosporin group, doxycycline,minocycline etc for similar lesions.

In cystic acne apart from these measures an intralesional steroid injection gives wonderful results.

Hope this helped.
Please feel free to write back for any other doubt.


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What causes boils on chin after shaving?

Brief Answer: details below Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. I have seen the images attached and can think of two probable causes Furuncle/boil- Bacterial infection of hair follicle. Shaving the area improperly or ingrown hair may lead to boils. Cystic acne In the pic surrounding area looks quite red and inflammed. My suggestion would be To do warm water compresses twice in a day. Avoid squeezing or manipulating the area. Apply topical antibiotic like mupirocin or fusidic acid cream twice in a day. If no response is seen in five to seven days, start a course of oral antibiotics that you are not allergic to. I prescribe amoxycillin clavulinic acid, cephalosporin group, doxycycline,minocycline etc for similar lesions. In cystic acne apart from these measures an intralesional steroid injection gives wonderful results. Hope this helped. Please feel free to write back for any other doubt.